Veterinary Practice Act 2005

Functions of Council.

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13.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the principal function of the Council is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in the State and, unless the Board is established, the practice of veterinary nursing in the State.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Council shall have the following functions:

( a) to establish and maintain the Register and the Register of Veterinary Nurses;

( b) to establish procedures and criteria for registration including the issue of certificates of registration and renewal of registration;

( c) to establish, publish, maintain and review codes of professional conduct for persons registered under Part 4 or 8;

( d) to specify and keep under review standards and approve programmes of education and further education necessary for the purposes of registration and continued registration under Part 4 or 8;

( e) to conduct inquiries into and, where appropriate, impose sanctions in relation to the fitness to practise of a person registered under Part 4 or 8;

( f) to advise the Minister in relation to any matter relating to the functions of the Council that the Council considers appropriate or is specified by the Minister;

( g) to promote the practice of veterinary medicine;

( h) to make pronouncements, as it sees fit, in relation to issues that affect the veterinary profession;

( i) to facilitate the exchange of information between those engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing and those who avail of veterinary services;

( j) where appropriate, to act as the competent authority for the purposes of—

(i) mutual recognition of veterinary qualifications obtained in or recognised by Member States,

(ii) all matters referred to in the Directives referred to in section 43 ;

( k) to borrow money in accordance with section 31 ;

( l) to specify and keep under review standards of veterinary premises;

( m) to enter into agreements in relation to the following matters with bodies in other states that are duly authorised to exercise functions in those states that correspond to the functions of the Council:

(i) recognition by the Council, for the purposes of registration under Part 4 or 8, of diplomas, degrees and other evidence of formal qualifications to practise veterinary medicine awarded in those states;

(ii) recognition by such bodies, for the purposes of authorisation of the practice of veterinary medicine in those states, of diplomas, degrees or other evidence of formal qualifications to practise veterinary medicine awarded in the State;

and

( n) to carry out investigations under Part 10.

(3) The Council may make and carry out arrangements with any person for the purpose of assisting the Council or any of its committees in the proper discharge of functions.

(4) The Council has all such powers as are necessary for or incidental to the performance of its functions under this Act.